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More research shows big surge in U.S. opioid use, addictions

from HealthDay News

One in 5 people who gets commercial health insurance from Blue Cross and Blue Shield filled at least one prescription for an opioid painkiller in 2015, a new study finds. The research also found that the number of members diagnosed with an opioid use disorder rose almost five-fold from 2010 to 2016. That increase is far higher than the 65 percent increase in the use of medication-assisted treatments, according to the study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. more

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